MA/PGDip Landscape Studies

Department of Landscape, Faculty of Social Sciences

We are the UK’s top landscape department for research. Our degrees are respected by the profession and our graduates are in demand.

I decided to study Landscape Architecture after searching for graduate jobs outdoors. So far I have enjoyed everything about the course. Every day is exciting because you are challenged and learn something new. I feel grateful to be able to learn and practise something about which I am fascinated and passionate.

Tobias Edwards, Postgraduate student in Department of Landscape

About this course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

This course provides a foundation in landscape architecture. You'll explore different aspects of the discipline, learn skills and write a dissertation on a landscape topic that matters to you.

If you complete this course, you may be able to join the second year of the MA in Landscape Architecture and work towards a professional qualification.

There are lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals. You're assessed on coursework assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examination.

The end-of-year exhibition gives you the chance to present your work to prospective employers.

Peter Robinson, postgraduate in the Department of Landscape

Core modules

  • Landscape Architecture: Nature, Design, and People
  • Urban Ecological Design and Management
  • Landscape Planning
  • Landscape Urbanism and Design
  • Introduction to Landscape Research
  • Research Proposal and Dissertation Preparation
  • Landscape Research Dissertation

Teaching

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Tutorials
  • Critical feedback sessions
  • Site visits
  • Practicals

Assessment

  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation
  • Oral presentation
  • Examination

Course duration

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2/3 years part-time
September 2017 start

Course description 2017

This course is ideal if you work in the private sector, a local authority or a community organisation. It’s about the long-term care and development of landscapes, and planning for the future.

We’ll teach you how to manage and maintain landscape materials, both hard and soft, based on established principles of construction, horticulture and ecology. Financial matters, management skills and contract administration are also covered.

Peter Robinson, postgraduate in the Department of Landscape

Core modules

  • Appreciation of Landscape
  • Greenspace Maintenance
  • Greenspace Management
  • Professional Practice, Law and Contracts
  • Habitat Management
  • Research Methods
  • Special Project
  • Dissertation

Teaching and assessment

Teaching takes place through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, critical feedback sessions, site visits and practicals. Assessment is by coursework assignments, dissertation, oral presentation and examination.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Good undergraduate honours degree.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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Professor Nigel Dunnett

Professor Nigel Dunnett

Teaches on:
MA/PGDip Landscape Architecture; MA/PGDip Landscape Studies

Research interests:
Sustainable planting design; The planting and Ecology of Green Roofs; Rain Gardens; Long- term dynamics of herbaceous vegetation.

Research focus:
Interdisciplinary research activity, focusing on the interface between ecology, design and horticulture in urban green space and built development.

Current research projects and publications

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

E: landscape@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 0617

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.